Twins, Schoop work­ing on deal

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - SCOREBOARD -

MIN­NEAPO­LIS — A per­son with knowl­edge of the ne­go­ti­a­tions tells The As­so­ci­ated Press that the Min­nesota Twins and Jonathan Schoop are work­ing to­ward an agree­ment on a $7.5 mil­lion, one-year con­tract for the free agent se­cond base­man.

The per­son spoke Thurs­day on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the deal, which also would in­clude per­for­mance bonuses, had not been fi­nal­ized. The Ath­letic first re­ported the dis­cus­sions with Schoop, who was an All-Star with Bal­ti­more in 2017 when he hit a ca­reer-high 32 home runs. He was traded to Mil­wau­kee last sum­mer right be­fore the non-waiver dead­line.

Schoop be­came a free agent last week when the Brew­ers failed to of­fer a 2019 con­tract.

The Twins be­gan their in­field re­make last month by claim­ing first base­man C.J. Cron off waivers from Tampa Bay and then reach­ing agree­ment on a $4.8 mil­lion, one-year con­tract.

Chiri­nos, As­tros fi­nal­ize 1-year con­tract

Robin­son Chiri­nos and the As­tros have fi­nal­ized a $5.75 mil­lion, one-year con­tract, giv­ing catch­ing-thin Hous­ton an­other op­tion be­hind the plate.

The 34-year-old spent the past six sea­sons with the Texas Rangers and hit .222 this year while set­ting ca­reer bests with 18 homers and 65 RBIs in 113 games. His .757 OPS was se­cond among AL catch­ers.

He had a $2.25 mil­lion salary, and the Rangers de­clined a $4.5 mil­lion op­tion that had a $100,000 buy­out.

Hous­ton used four catch­ers this year: Max Stassi (65 starts), Brian McCann (55), Mar­tin Mal­don­ado (34) and Tim Federow­icz (eight). McCann, Mal­don­ado and Federow­icz be­came free agents af­ter the sea­son, and McCann left to re­turn to his home-state At­lanta Braves.

Car­rasco gets 4-year deal from In­di­ans

Car­los Car­rasco’s ca­reer has taken some dra­matic turns, re-routed by el­bow surgery, a ther­a­peu­tic trip to the bullpen and sev­eral freak­ish in­juries.

He per­se­vered, blos­som­ing into a spe­cial pitcher — and per­son — for the Cleve­land In­di­ans.

They’re go­ing to keep him around.

The three-time AL Cen­tral cham­pi­ons and Car­rasco agreed Thurs­day to a $47 mil­lion, four-year con­tract, a deal that in­cludes $37.25 mil­lion in new guar­an­teed money and could keep him in a Cleve­land uni­form through the 2023 sea­son.

Car­rasco, who has won 35 games over the past two sea­sons, will make $9.75 mil­lion next sea­son, the same as his prior deal, and $10.25 mil­lion in 2020 — the same amount as the club’s pre­vi­ous op­tion for that sea­son. The In­di­ans added on two more sea­sons at $12 mil­lion each, and Cleve­land holds a 2023 op­tion for $14 mil­lion with a $3 mil­lion buy­out.

For the cash-con­scious In­di­ans, the 31-year-old Car­rasco is in­valu­able.

He’s a core mem­ber of one of base­ball’s best ro­ta­tions, which could be changed this win­ter if the In­di­ans trade ei­ther two-time Cy Young win­ner Corey Klu­ber or All-Star Trevor Bauer to ad­dress out­field needs.

“As we looked at the con­ti­nu­ity of our ro­ta­tion, we feel Car­los can con­tinue to be a key cog in that,” In­di­ans pres­i­dent of base­ball oper­a­tions Chris An­tonetti said. “When we had the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss with him the op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend his term here, it was some­thing we thought would make a lot of sense for us. And we’re re­ally happy we were able to do that, be­cause it does help in our plan­ning ef­forts mov­ing for­ward.”

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